Hello friends. I just acquired this "beater" 1969 Admiralty and I really love it, but since they're not as popular and produce fewer detailed WIS discussions (yet, and YES, I've looked) I figured what better place to ask some questions than the OF!.... I know this model came in Black dials and white dials, with dates, no dates, automatic movements and manual wound movements. I wanted a no-date manual wind and I landed this less common GRAY dial version. I find the dial to be attractive, but unfortunately as the gray dial has faded a bit and the white hand tips have darkened over time...the contrast is minimal and it's certainly not the most legible watch to quickly read the time, especially in the dark. At first I thought that maybe the hands were replaced by the wrong color variety (the reverse color found on the white dialed versions), but I have seen other gray-dialed Admiralties and they both had these white-tipped hands. 1) Am I correct in assuming this? I believe that everything except the winding crown are original including the signed crystal, hands, dial (with some missing minute ticks) and the Omega-signed Fixo-Flex expansion bracelet. The bracelet is too loose and I would like to remove it and wear it with a leather strap. So far as I can measure, the lugs are 18mm, but they might be 17. I'm having trouble removing the Fixo-Flex because the spring bars are badly rusted and I'm afraid I'll have to cut them off (I'm a dentist and have the right tools to do this without damaging anything besides the spring bars). 2) Before I proceed, are there any other tips in removing the Fixo-Flex? Anything else?